BANNING: Officials investigating after in-custody death

BANNING — Sheriff’s officials announced the death of 55-year-old man, who was in custody at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning Friday, June 16. The jail, located at 1627 Hargrave St in Banning and several others throughout the county have been the site of several other recent, high-profile incidents. 

Just two days before this incident Riverside County Jail in Indio had to deal with a man in custody for domestic violence related charges fled from a “transporting officer.” The escaped prisoner, Kevin Rosales, 20, of Beaumont, was recaptured a short time later, “within proximity to the jail facility,” said Riverside Sheriff’s spokesman Sergeant Chris Willison.

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A 55-year-old inmate died after suffering “a life-threatening medical emergency,” at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility at 1627 S. Hargrave Street in Banning.

Wednesday’s incident began about 7:45 p.m., Riverside County Sheriff’s and Correctional deputies reported an inmate suffering “a life-threatening medical emergency,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Richard Carroll said in a written press release.

Facility medical personnel were on scene at the time of the incident and immediately began life saving efforts.”

The victim was transported to a local hospital by ambulance where he succumbed to his condition and was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

“At this time, no foul play is suspected,” said Carroll.

Investigators from the Cabazon Station Investigation’s Bureau are conducting a standard death investigation into what brought about the inmates death.

The inmate’s identity is being withheld pending notification of the his family and further investigation.

Officials have not specified what the inmate was in custody for.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Hensley at the Cabazon Station at (951) 922-7100. Callers can refer to incident file number BC171670005 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

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